SHEFFIELD STEELERS: The show goes on for veteran Steelers’ star Ashley Tait

Record breaker: Ashley Tait in action against Nottingham Panthers.                            Picture: rik rayner
Record breaker: Ashley Tait in action against Nottingham Panthers. Picture: rik rayner
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IT WILL be business as usual for Ashley Tait tomorrow.

Last weekend, he hogged the headlines by becoming all-time leading Elite League points scorer.

Tait is also current leader in the British skaters tally for the 2012-3 campaign.

But the GB winger is a player who is happy to dodge the limelight and will just be concentrating on the job in hand - Saturday’s visit of Nottingham Panthers.

Team-mate Jason Hewitt believes Tait’s appetite this year has been sharpened by inactivity, last term.

Hewitt said: “This year it looks like Ash has come back with something to prove after his injury.

“Everyone was happy for him breaking the record, he is playing great.”

And would any homegrown player every pass Tait’s new record?

“Maybe me if I get better” laughed Hewitt. “But, really, Ash is something special.”

Colin Shields also expects Tait to carry on where he left off last weekend.

“He has done amazing job to be that consistent over the period of time he has been playing professional hockey” said Shields. “He still works hard in practice and keeps in good shape.

“It will be interesting to see if younger guys coming into the League will mould themselves after player like Ash. All credit to him.”

Tait, who has four goals and three assists from six league games, faces Panthers tomorrow and then Coventry Blaze, again at home, on Sunday.

Panthers will be keen to get over last weekend, when they lost at home to Sheffield and were then trumped 6-5 at Cardiff Devils.

Steelers must beware of Panthers power play - they have the best away scoring percentage in the League - a goal in three attempts on average. Coventry have the League’s worst penalty kill, they have conceded 10 times on Power Plays in six games.